Saranello's

4.5
4046 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by his travels and passion for Italy's culture, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a broad menu of Italian-fare utilizing the freshest ingredients to create the fullest flavors to bring homemade, hand-crafted pizzas and pastas, as well as prime steaks and fresh fish dishes to the table.
Feel the energy while dining in a casual and rustic 6700-square-foot setting. Dine at natural reclaimed wood tables with seating for 175, surrounded by inviting darker woods, exposed brick and beams, subtle filament lighting, and accented with muted chocolate and caramel tones throughout.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4046 people are saying
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AnaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night open and my bday. I ordered items not on the condenced covid menu because I basically have the real menu memorized from how often I go there. The waiter didn't object and it was delicious, as always. :)

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vipricala
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From A to Z, Everything was great. The service, the food, Even the extra side of sauteed spinach was great.

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vipRemy
Chicago
342 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Too many people.. not spaced properly. service was very slow.

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vipEatoutalot
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Hundreds of ladybugs ruined our dining experience 😳

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with safe procedures.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipHappycustomer
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Damon. He is fabulous. Sorry outdoor seating is ending.

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ThomasK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service I would highly recommend as a top dining place

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vipSusieR
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank u for another fantastic experience. Nona’s Lasagna and the spaghetti and meatballs were our faves!! We’ll be back soon. Excellent social distancing. Thank u!😊

PS: The desserts were increíble too!!

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DuaneH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The only good thing was the waitstaff . Food was terrible. Small portions higher than average prices . Spaghetti was sticking together in one blob. Lasagna was lacking .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They did a good job, good date night spot

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vipJimmyGL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good, we definitely will go back!

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vipSpider
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food & service excellent, Outdoor seating is adequate

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vipSusieR
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank u!! Very good in terms of social distancing & amazing food as always. I’ll be back again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous job that Saranello’s did with the physical distancing and COVID precautions in their restaurant. We felt very safe and cared for. Extensive menu and wine list. Great service. We will be back!

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vipJoeH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday. Waiter was extremely nice, service was great! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside, tables nicely spaced out and service was timely. Food was great, salads then seafood(salmon, whitefish)/chicken parm/ squash ravioli plus deserts. We have dined here before (pre covid) and will certainly return.

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VickiM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to go to Saranello's during Restaurant Week for the pre fix dinner. We don't go out much during the pandemic, but we found that the tables were well spaced and we felt very comfortable. The staff was masked and the restaurant is very clean. There was music playing at a level where it did not interfere with conversation. The food was amazing!
I will defiantly go again.

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vipricala
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant excellent food and service. What more can I say one of my favorite places to eat.

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vipcobra
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

- Service was very bad.
- Party of 5 but a server gave us only 3 menu and 3 bread plates.
- Restaurant was very sparse at the lunch time (almost 2,3 other small groups) but took
so long to come to take order.
- I requested to bring salt but took another long time.
- Very limited menu and 4% COVID-19 surcharge.
- Server was not at all friendly.
- Took almost a week to get the Opentable point.

We used to like Saranello's but no longer Saranello's is our favorite.

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RosalieK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was great for a Sunday birthday celebration. Extra space between tables and all protocols in place for social distancing, etc, waiters and guests wearing masks when ordering and waiters wore protective gloves. The menu was streamlined and no longer is there a brunch. Overall, we had a nice meal and would recommend either indoor dining or outdoor.

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PistolPete
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The wait staff left the dirty dishes on our table far too long between courses. They also placed the appetizer, the dessert and the bill at the other end of our large 6-top table, making me reach to get each item for my fiancée and I. I didn't like the fact that there were very few handicapped spots to park and only valet parking available. Sadly, we will not be returning. And please don't use the Covid excuse because it has become very old and stale.

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jhopkins
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cali Mari was not crisp. It was ok but not great.

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Ktpol
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place with good atmosphere, food and service! Will definitely come back. The pizza was great!

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traveler
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had made reservations in advance specifically for the outside tables not under the tent but my guests arrived early before me and were seated under the tent - we could not move since there were no longer tables avail for 6 on the patio - my guests said they were taken to the tent to be seated - the manager said he told them to sit wherever they wanted to - I feel since my reservation was specific they should have been seated on patio. Additionally no one liked the idea of having to use their cell phone to scan the bar code for the menu and read it on their cellphones. The food is pricey for the typical Italian fare and pretty average.

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vipvszech
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Saranello's is always a treat. The service was good although a little slow. The food was delicious. We had the spinach gnocchi with chicken Italian sausage. Very good but seemed to be better last time I had it. The Banian Tiramisu was a great way to end the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was lacking. Slow and weren’t checked on. Beef was over cooked and took awhile to get it corrected Had to ask several times for small requests. Would not go
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Opentabler
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Ample portions. Waitress was very nice.
Felt safe outdoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Kitchen was very slow. Had to wait unusually long for our main course.

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vipSherryR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Great waiter!

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vipaudrey
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good experience. Ordered the special, wasn't as described. But, still good... first world problems, right?

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vipSgenh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to food was great. Tables were more than 6ft apart. It made us feel safe. Will definitely make a return visit.

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KristenG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm always happy to have any meal from Saranello's. This time we wanted to sit outside, but it was too cold for my parents, so they were able to accommodate us inside. We were a little leery because of Covid, but the ceilings are very high and we were spaced far apart from other tables. Chef Mychael Bonner's signature eggplant parmesan dish was excellent as well as the lasagna. Felt like a very safe environment and will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

My spaghetti was way undercooked and sent it back took over 20 min but brought back the same dish as it had my 1/4 eaten meatball. They didn’t recook noodles. It was just terrible. They said they were going to take it off the bill but they never did and my husband didn’t know that, so he didn’t say anything when he went to pay the bill. Totally disappointed! This is my favorite restaurant too, but was totally disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night, excellent service.
It was our first time, and we enjoyed the total ambiance.
I’m sorry I didn’t give you 5 stars on food, because , since my husband is on a low salt diet, I felt the meal was salty.
From the bread to the salmon and potatoes. The crab risotto was ok.
We are hoping to come back, just to see if that night was a fluke.

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vipEvelyneA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Hostess was unfriendly and wanted to sit us inside even though there was plenty of empty tables outside available, she claimed the didn’t have any room outside, she reluctantly sat us outside after I said that we were going to leave. Then we were given bread from at least two days ago. We felt we were treated as 2nd class, we usually have great experiences with all the restaurant. Very disappointed thus time

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vipRichardg
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

As regular customers who continued to support the restaurant during the pandemic problems with curbside carryout many times, we were very upset by the actions of Jake, the manager on duty. We requested outdoor service in a tent where there were several open tables which never filled during our visit but were not given to us per our request. Jake was curt and unaccommodating creating an unpleasant experience. The food and service by Damon was up to the usual excellent standards of the restaurant under the regular management. The same thing happened with Jake at our previous attempt to eat there when we received a call apologizing and hoping that we would return. We are hoping that a future visit will be more welcoming.

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evelyne
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

tHE SERVER WAS VERY NICE, BUT WE THOUGHT THE FOOD TO BR DRLIVERD OUTDOOR SHOULD BE COVERED, AS IT GOT COLD BY THE TIME IT ARRIVED AT OUR TABLE.

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vipfoodie27
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Pleasantly surprised with the great meal we had. Disappointed with the plastic ware served INSIDE the restaurant when compared with other establishments that offer REAL silverware in this price point. Overall great food and nice surroundings that will make us come back again.

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viptjhtjh
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saranellos is always fantastic

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Saranello's using the Order Online button. Saranello's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Saranello's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 777-6878.

Saranello's is rated 4.5 stars by 4046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.